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Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Terrassen 2014 (Wachau, Austria)
Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Terrassen 2014 (Wachau, Austria)



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Winery: Domane Wachau
Varietal: Gruner Veltliner
Region: Wachau, Austria
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Origin & Terroir
The grapes for Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Terrassen were carefully hand-picked from steep terraced vineyards throughout the Wachau valley with its specific microclimate and meagre primary rock soils. It exhibits a very typical and consistent style of Grüner Veltliner from Wachau with plenty of fruit and a pronounced mineral character.

Grape Variety
Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s most important grape variety with a share of approximately 1/3 in the total production. In Wachau in general and at Domäne Wachau in particular, this percentage is even higher at more than 50%. A multiplicity of styles can be produced from the Grüner Veltliner grape. A prime example is this medium bodied Federspiel.

Federspiel wines have a maximum alcohol content of 12,5%. Chaptalisation is strictly forbidden. The name Federspiel is derived from falconry which was a very popular leisure time activity among the nobility in medieval times. The falcon stands for the remarkable elegance of these dry white wines. Federspiel® is a registered trademark of Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus e.V.

The vines are cultivated in the classical Lenz Moser-trellis system with an average yield of 7000 kg/ha. The grapes for this wine were harvested in the middle of October. Our modern grape reception system enables us to select only 100% healthy grape material. Gentle pressing, sedimentation over night, temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel define the vinification process. A moderate reductive treatment guarantees a fresh and fruity, yet well structured wine.

Tasting Notes
Bright straw yellow, offering enticing aromas of white pepper, gooseberry and hints of ripe yellow apple. Medium bodied with a crisp acidity, very balanced and spicy in the finish. A typical Grüner Veltliner at Federspiel level, subtle and very racy.

Serve well chilled at 9°C. Drink now or store to mature for 2-3 years. A perfect accompaniment to the traditional Austrian cuisine such as the famous “Wiener Schnitzel” as well as fish, seafood and poultry

Alc: 12.5% - Acidity: 5.4‰ - Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/l

Ratings & Reviews

89 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A fruity style, with Gala apple and Meyer lemon flavors that are fresh and forward. Hints of ruby grapefruit linger on the crisp finish. Drink now. 17,000 cases made." - KM (May 31, 2016)

89 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Just a hint of pear drop plays over fresh, tart conference pear fruit. The palate is sleek, linear and super-clean; while this is driven by freshness some luscious fruit awaits underneath." - (7/1/2015)

Stephen Tanzer:
"Fresh, crunchy, lemon-drenched green beans dominate this refreshingly juicy, salad-like performance that finishes with admirable persistence and smoky, stony and nutty notes. The acids here are Riesling-like, even slightly aggressive, but not unripe. (The corresponding Riesling, by contrast, was rather green-apple-dominated as well as disappointingly short.)" - David Schildknecht (June 2015)

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